The Mercury 13
This is a time when we are seeing a lot of stories exploring unheralded female contributions to science and technology, and the Mercury 13 story is one of the most interesting. Unfortunately, this telling does not provide much of the drama or human interest needed to bring an audience along for the ride.
In the first place, the script is in the film or TV style: short scenes (often less than a minute long) with frequent location changes. The audience therefore has to wait through numerous scene changes. The actors do not seem to have put much work into characterization or motivation, so many lines have the same delivery regardless of how angry, sad, or depressed their character might have been in the moment. There’s great material here, and evidence of significant and loving research into the subject. To have been effective, though, the production needed more development and a stronger directorial hand.
Venue 22 — MTYP Richardson Hall
Warnings: Mild language